In today’s fast-paced world, many pet owners are purchasing dog supplies online to save time and money. One of the most common purchases that canine owners regularly make is flea and tick medications. However, you might be feeling overwhelmed with the multitude of selection, and you don’t know which flea and tick preparation is best.

Purchasing Flea and Tick Medications

Here are seven things to consider when purchasing flea and tick medication:

  1. Usage:  The choices are staggering when it comes to flea and tick control products. You can buy foggers, dips, wipes, spot-on, oral medications, collars, or shampoos. Some products state that they repel fleas and ticks, other products attack the immature bugs so that they never mature and reproduce, and then there are the methods that kill all adult fleas and ticks on the pet. You can also find medications that do all three. You must read about each product to decide which one is best for your unique situation. If you have any questions about a product’s safety, then you should consult with your veterinarian before purchasing dog supplies online.
  2. Effectiveness: There are hundreds of different species of ticks and fleas. The most common types found in North America are the dog flea, black-legged tick, brown dog tick, and the American dog tick. However, insects are regularly changing and evolving, so it is best to consult with your veterinarian to determine which types are found in your area. Certain types of flea and tick medications are more active on specific species of pests. Ideally, you should look for a medicine that states it is a “broad spectrum” which means it is active on numerous different species.
  3. Preferences: Many dogs do not like the spot-on flea or tick treatments. In many cases, the formula irritates the animal’s skin. If this is the case, then you may want to try a flea and tick collar. There are also oral medications which repel fleas and ticks for four to 12 weeks depending on the drug. Usually, the dog must only eat one chew for complete protection.
  4. Species: On rare occasions, a dog and cat can take the same medication, especially under a veterinarian’s supervision. However, this is often not the case with flea and tick medications which can be harmful or deadly to a cat if the formula is only labeled for use on a canine.
  5. Dosage: Topicals and oral flea and tick medications are usually sold in various dosages that depend on the size of your dog. They are often listed as small, medium, large, or extra large dog size dosages. However, some go by pounds.  You should determine your canine’s size prior to purchasing the product. You do not want to give your pooch too much or too little.
  6. Duration: Some flea and tick medications only work for a day, others last 30 days, and some are effective for up to 12 weeks. You must take the time to read the various descriptions to determine which one best meets your needs.
  7. Price: When shopping for dog supplies online you might notice that some marketplaces offer free shipping if you purchase a specific dollar amount. Others also provide overnight shipping options for an additional price.

Dog supplies online are often considerably cheaper than retailers and veterinarians. It pays to shop around when picking flea and tick medications for your dog. If you have any questions before making your purchase, most sites offer customer service via email, chat, or phone. Many also provide money back guarantee policies on some of their items.

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